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Women Documentary Photographers
April 2, 2008   
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The Zachęta National Art Gallery in Warsaw is staging an exhibition entitled Documentarians-Polish Women Photographers of the 20th Century. The pictures on display, taken by 50 photographers, range from photos taken in the 1870s to contemporary documentary and art projects.

The most prominent theme is social affairs. As a branch of photography, photo-reportage has always been dominated by men and so the exhibition brings together works by some of the most notable exceptions who made significant contributions to the genre, including Zofia Chomętowska, Julia Pirotte, Irena Jarosińska, Anna Chojnacka, Jadwiga Rubi¶ and Dorota Bilska. The featured photographers who are still working include Joanna Helander, Anna Beata Bohdziewicz, Anna Brzezińska and Irena Jurkiewicz. The young generation is represented by Maria Zb±ska.

Other kinds of documentary photography shown at the exhibition include ethnographic and travel photos, propaganda, war photos and photo-reportage as a form of art photography.

Alongside original prints and contemporary prints developed from old negatives, the exhibition includes coffee-table books and illustrated magazines that contain photos taken by women photographers.

The exhibition comes with a lavishly illustrated catalogue in Polish and English, published by the Bosz publishing house.


Open until May 18, Zachęta National Art Gallery
3 Małachowskiego Sq., 00-916 Warsaw, tel. 0-22 827 58 54, ext. 155
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